dental emergencies

Regular dental care can help you avoid unpleasant dental problems such as infections and decay. Dental emergencies can still occur, however. Our Glendale emergency dentist is readily available when you need help. We will go to work right away to stabilize and protect your smile.

Not all dental problems are dental emergencies. Minor chips, a small cavity or gums that bleed when you brush do require treatment but can typically be managed on a nonemergency basis. Dental emergencies refer to dental problems that require immediate care by an emergency dentist in Glendale. These include broken or fractured teeth, teeth that are infected, abscessed teeth, soft tissue trauma, a luxated tooth, or a knocked-out tooth.

When you call, our Glendale emergency dentist may make recommendations for your specific needs. Common first aid care includes:

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Toothache

Tooth pain is no fun, and the cause can range from something stuck between your teeth to severe decay. If gentle brushing, flossing and rinsing do not ease the pain, then you may need a filling, a root canal or other dental treatment.

Fractured Tooth

The parts of a broken tooth can shift, triggering intense pain. Rinse with salt water to flush any debris and call us. An over-the-counter pain reliever or cold compress can ease the discomfort and keep swelling at a minimum.

Abscesses

The pain of an abscess can be severe, and you may need a root canal treatment to save the tooth. Until then, brush and floss carefully around the tooth and use warm water rinses to ease discomfort. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can be helpful, but the tooth needs to be treated as quickly as possible to keep the infection from spreading.

Luxated Tooth

This is a tooth that has been pushed into or out of its socket. A root canal treatment may be needed, but first, we may need to splint the tooth to help stabilize it in its socket. Without prompt treatment, you may be at risk of needing a tooth extraction.

Knocked-out Tooth

A true dental emergency, a knocked-out tooth should be gently rinsed and not scrubbed to remove any loose debris. If the tooth does not slip easily back into its socket, place it in milk or a tooth preservation kit. If neither is available, put it between your cheek and gums to preserve the root. Seek professional help immediately.

Dental emergencies cannot be treated at home and should receive professional care as soon as possible and immediately in many cases. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Martirosyan, emergency dentist in Glendale.

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